Luke 8:1-10 NIV

The Parable of the Sower

8:4-15pp -- Mt 13:2-23; Mk 4:1-20

1 After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.1 The Twelve were with him,

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2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene)2 from whom seven demons had come out;

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3 Joanna the wife of Cuza, the manager of Herod's3 household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.

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4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable:
5 "A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up.
6 Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.
7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.
8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown." When he said this, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."4

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9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant.
10 He said, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you,5 but to others I speak in parables, so that, " 'though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.'a6

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